The perfect picnic in Porirua

In Porirua we have a heap of spots for your perfect picnic, big or small, day or night, active or chilled. Here’s a few to try this summer.

In these unpredictable times outdoor picnics are the go-to for get-togethers – pack your own eats, hit up a local café, or just hang out.

Panoramic Picnic


Whitireia Park

With stunning 360-degree views you won’t know which way to look! Whitireia Park is on the headland overlooking Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour and its 180 hectares offer plenty of space for picnics, walking, bike riding, swimming, snorkelling and more. Dogs are welcome, so pooches can picnic too. Google map

Sunset Picnic

sunset picnic.JPG

Plimmerton Beach

Plimmerton Beach has some of the best sunsets you’ll ever see, so an evening picnic can be spectacular. Just a few steps from the train you’ll find a flat, safe beach, grass and seating options. BYO dinner or grab fish ‘n’ chips, Thai, Indian, Polish or pizza from a local eatery. Google map

Playful Picnic

aotea lagoon.JPG

Aotea Lagoon

For tamariki with energy to burn, Aotea Lagoon is a top picnic spot. Set up a base on the grass while the kids cool off at the popular splash pad, or get adventurous in the playground. For a more relaxing option the rose garden at the south end is gorgeous. Google map

Active Picnic


Spicer Botanical Park

A short stroll over the bridge from the car park and you’re in picnic territory, with tables and lots of room to spread out. Work off lunch with a mountain bike adventure or a hike in the hills, with access from the park to the trails of Te Ara a Rangituhi. Google map.

Your guide to winter & spring 2023
Download your online copy here.

Where is your favourite spot for a picnic?